If you’re like most 17-20 year olds, you are still trying to figure out what you want to do in life! LoCo Gap Year (short for Logan County Gap Year) is designed to provide you an alternative pathway to your future instead of heading straight to college after high school. This may be the next step you’ve been waiting for!
LoCo Gap Year is a 12-month faith, character, and career development program for recent high school graduates. Up to 10 program participants will be welcomed into the growing and vibrant Logan County, Ohio community located one hour northwest of Columbus. The program year runs August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023.
You will live together in the LoCo Gap Year house, gain valuable career experience by working a full-time job in the community, and be invested in spiritually by church and local faith leaders.
Check out these videos for a short program overview and to hear about the faith aspect of our program!
Why LoCo Gap Year? There are many gap year opportunities, but LoCo Gap Year is intentionally designed to prepare you for the next step in life.
Holistic approach: Live, learn, and work all in a cultivating community. Discover what you love to do and have the funds after the program to seek it out. In the final months of the program our program team will work closely with you to figure out your next steps – continued employment at your local workplace, choosing a new career locally, heading home for employment, or preparing to go to college or the military. We’ll help you achieve your desired future.
Real World Experience: By working fulltime at our local partners businesses you will receive on the job training in a career field of your choosing. You will also earn money to use for your next step in life and ministry. Depending on your personal spending habits, this program allows for the average individual to leave the program with $15,000-$18,000 in pocket for their next endeavor. Now that sounds nice compared to the average college student loan debt of $31,100. Logan County employers are excited to welcome you into their workplace. They want you! Check out this video to hear about some of the opportunities our community offers for your future career.
Leadership Development: Every month during the program you will actively be developing leadership skills by helping plan and run service projects to shape community direction and share the gospel. These will include things such as a downtown Christmas event, annual “Night Market” missions fundraiser, and vacation bible school. Additionally, you will have regular access to the leaders of Logan County to see, hear, and engage with them on the issues the community is facing. Monthly meals in the homes of community and faith leaders will further offer a unique opportunity to directly learn from the experience of those who have been around the block.
Spiritual Formation: You will be immersed in a local biblical community at Bellefontaine Grace Church (BGC) for purposes of helping shape you by God’s Word. Individual faith leaders at BGC will intentionally pour into you through one-on-one discipleship and small group study. You will be challenged to not only grow in your knowledge of God’s Word, but also how to live this out in your workplace, relationships, and the community as a whole.
Intentional Community: Living with other recent graduates in the same stage of life as you provides college like community that allows you to build meaningful and lasting relationships. You will share the joys and struggles of fulltime employment, having roommates, cooking your own food, and living away from home. You will make memories as you play hard, share meals, and laugh often!
Incredible Place to live: Bellefontaine and Logan County provide all the natural beauty, entertainment, and diverse food options that you LOVE.
You will be living in the LoCo Gap Year house located ½ mile south of vibrant downtown Bellefontaine. A short walk or bike ride downtown will give you access to local coffee shops, delicious bakeries, ice cream, barbeque, Mexican, burgers, smoothies, pizza, Chinese food and more!
On the entertainment side you will enjoy axe throwing, laser tag, indoor mini-golf, and nationally acclaimed musical performances at the Historic Holland Theatre.
Check out this video from our local Visitors Bureau to hear more about the community.
Are you ready to take the step and pursue this life changing opportunity? We are now taking applications for our LoCo Gap Year set to run August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023. Click here to apply today!
To submit online you will need to have: a personal gmail account (free at www.gmail.com), a copy of your most recent high school transcripts, a professional resume, and have prepared a 60 second video on why you want to participate in the program (please just record this on your phone). To preview the application click here.
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Endorsements / Community Partners
LoCo Gap Year is a collaborative program run by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce and Bellefontaine Grace Church.
We are proud to have many supporting business partners that will be employing program participants:
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With a population of 45,000 people, Logan County is located 60 minutes northwest of Columbus, Ohio. Home to the highest point in Ohio, this is a naturally beautiful area with rolling hills.
Logan County is also home to the 5,000 acre Indian Lake State Park, Ohio Caverns, and abundant local parks/trails. Downtown Bellefontaine has become a destination for locals and tourists alike with cozy coffee shops, 2 smoothie bars, 8+ diners/restaurants, indoor mini-golf, axe throwing, and 30+ retail shops. All the entertainment and food places you’ll need are within a few blocks.
Explore all our community has to offer at www.experiencelogancountyohio.com!
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The Loco Gap Year admissions process is an intentional process that seeks candidates who are growing in their relationship with the Lord, take initiative in leadership opportunities, and desire to work hard. The application process can all be done online. Click here to begin our application. To submit online you will need to have: a personal gmail account (free at www.gmail.com), a copy of your most recent high school transcripts, a professional resume, and have prepared a 60 second video on why you want to participate in the program (please just record this on your phone). To preview the application click here.
What age range do you accept for the program?
Participants must be 17-20 years of age when entering the program.
What level of education is required?
Participants must have either already graduated high school or have an expected graduation date prior to program commencement in August 2022.
What are the academic requirements?
2022-2023 Academic Requirements: 3.4 GPA or higher. However, we understand grades aren’t the only indicator of success. So, if you do not meet our minimum score requirement, you can still apply and you will be asked to complete an additional academic writing assignment in your application process.
What does the program cost?
There is no fee to participate in the LoCo Gap Year program. Once accepted you will be responsible for covering your own housing and normal living expenses. There will be a small charge for a background check as part of your housing onboarding process. Monthly housing is expected to cost $400-$450 and will be paid directly to P. Allan Properties – the owner of the LoCo Gap Year house.
Where will I be living?
Our program is proud to partner with a local property management company by the name of P. Allan Properties. They have prepared a 2-story home exclusively for the LoCo Gap Year program participants. The first floor will house female participants and the 2nd floor male participants (up to 5 people/floor). Yes, you will have roommates and housemates! Our target is 5 guys and 5 girls. The floors are not directly connected and will have separate secure entrances. The house will have fully furnished bedrooms, living room, and kitchen. Furnishing will even include tv’s and at least one game system. You will be more than impressed with your new home!
What will housing cost?
You will be paying $400-$450/month in rent for your shared living arrangements. Your upfront deposit and first month rent will be covered by a local grant so this will allow you time to begin collecting a paycheck from your new fulltime job in the community.
Can I have a car?
Yes! In fact, you are required to have reliable transportation to commute to and from your fulltime employment during the program. We have plenty of parking at the LoCo Gap Year house and want you to be able to enjoy the freedom to explore the many activities and attractions of Logan County.
Can I bring my pet?
No. Pets are not permitted in the program house.
What does the spiritual life look like in the program?
Spiritual formation is one of the most important aspects of LoCo Gap Year. We want to provide an environment that fosters community, encouragement, and spiritual growth. Your program cohort of 10 participants will be where much of this growth takes place. The staff at Bellefontaine Grace Church (BGC) will be responsible for facilitating the faith aspects of the program. Spiritual development will come through multiple means under the direction of BGC: small groups (called Grace Groups), community and church service projects (with your program cohort), 1-on-1 discipleship, time spent with community faith leaders, accountability, and much more.
See some of the BGC staff and families you will be learning from on the BGC website.
This year will undoubtedly deepen your relationship with Christ and how you live out being an active and passionate disciple at home, work, and in the community.
What is the statement of faith of the church ministry?
You can learn more about Bellefontaine Grace Church and what the church believes here - https://www.bellefontainegrace.org/im-new
Is LOCO Gap Year offering jobs to the people who apply?
Yes. LoCo Gap Year has partnerships with multiple area employers who are eager to welcome you onto their team in a full-time capacity from August 2022-July 2023. These are well-paying positions with benefits. Current program partners include: Mary Rutan Hospital, AGC Automotive, World Class Plastics, Green Hills Community, Citizens Federal Savings & Loan, P. Allan Properties, Marker, Inc. and Marie's Candies.
Diverse job opportunities and career exploration are available within each business.
Upon acceptance into the program, you will be given the option to apply for positions at the partner employers of your choosing. To keep things legal, you will have to complete the standard employment application process outlined by each employer. This is excellent life experience and partly why a professional resume is required as part of your program application process.
Are the program dates flexible?
No the program runs August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023. Being in the same space at the same time is critical to building personal relationships and community. Your job opportunities will also be on a set calendar.
We’d love to talk with you. To learn more or even plan a visit to Logan County, call or email Ben Vollrath – Logan County Chamber of Commerce President at 937-651-3030 (email@example.com).
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